Howard University Students Gear Up for Alternative Spring Break

Hundreds of volunteers will travel to Haiti, Chicago and other cities to complete service projects next week. 

Posted: 03/07/2014 09:53 AM EST

Spring break for college students usually means a getaway to sandy and warmer climates, but a group of Howard University Bison is choosing to complete service projects around the world instead.

Saturday, the premiere HBCU will send off 350 students to Haiti, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Memphis, New Orleans, and also locally in Washington, D.C. Students will volunteer from March 8 to March 14 for the alternative spring break program. 

Volunteers being sent to Chicago will work with organizations such as Downtown Advocacy and Donda’s House to mentor high school students. The group will also advocate for the implementation of gun control through petitioning, protesting and community engagement.

In other cities, participants will mentor students, help lead sexual health workshops, work with the homeless and those infected with HIV, and other community projects.

Since the Haiti earthquake in 2010, students have traveled to the Caribbean island every year. During their time there, students will work primarily at the Haitian American Caucus-Haiti compound school located in Croix Des Bouquets.

Volunteers will learn ways to fight child slavery and domestic violence and work with the YWCA to conduct health screenings and workshops for young girls. 

This year, the alternative spring break program at Howard is celebrating 20 years of engaging students in "truth and service" projects.


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(Photo: Courtesy of Howard University)

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